Legalize all drugs; have them sold at cost thru pharmacies or gov’t dispensaries. Using the previous years statistics, add a surcharge on each dose to cover the care and medical expenses incurred by each type of drug. Maybe a penny per dose of cannabis, probably fifty cents or so per dose of the hard drugs.
The violent cartels would be wiped out of the drug business, as they won’t sell for cost. Way fewer overdoses, because strength and purity would be regulated. No more junkie burglaries because the real manufacturing cost of these drugs is only a nickel or a dime per dose. Use will not skyrocket because studies show that addiction rates remained relatively the same over the past 150 years, even though legal punishments for use have varied wildly. Portugal’s experience verifies this.